This week was a week that just seemed to come together quite well. I was looking for something to inspire me to write a new recipe for the site, then my mom came through the door with a big chunk of pork shoulder and asked me to cook it on Sunday. Problem solved.
A few years ago I tested a recipe for pulled pork and took it into my work at the time and managed to feed 8 people, it was a resounding success but I have always wanted to tweak it but never got round to it. So today I give you the fully tweaked and improved recipe for a very satisfying and very fun meal that can provide something different at your BBQ’s this year or put a new spin on your dinner parties… By the way, this one is best done before bed as it cooks while your asleep!
What you will need:
- A slow cooker
- One 500ml bottle of green goblin cider (or preferred alternative)
- around 2kg of pork shoulder. Fat removed.
- 1/4 bottle of Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoons dried oregano
- 4 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons garlic granules
- 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
- 100ml quality chicken stock
- White pepper
To add for the sauce:
- One tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tube of tomato puree
- 3 teaspoons of cornflour
- Make sure the pork fits into the slow cooker, if not cut it down a little. Add the cider (take a sip just to make sure its not poisonous!)
- Add all of the other ingredients and mix well to create and intriguing little bath for the pork. Delicately place all of the pork into the slow cooker and put the lid on. Turn the slow cooker on to ‘slow’. Go to bed.
- After 14 hours of cooking I removed the pork (slowly and carefully as by this point it just falls apart) and put it onto a separate plate. Remove the cooking elixir and pour into a saucepan on a high heat. Add all of the additional sauce ingredients apart from the cornflour and reduce for 15 minutes.
- Transfer the pork back into the slow cooker and tear apart with a pair of forks. it wont put up much of a fight by now!
- Now mix the cornflour with a little water and add to the sauce, simmer on a medium to low heat for an additional 5 minutes until it thickens. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a few ladles of the sauce back into the pork and mix well.
14 hour pulled pork
Serve it however you like, its very versatile. On taco’s, in wraps, a big wholemeal bun…anything. Either way its very simple and effective way to feed your friends and family. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
TIP: You should have quite a lot of sauce left, so bottle it and make sure you use it for any meat that needs a pick me up. Ribs, steak, sausages or anything else you find appealing. Also if you want it a little bit (or a lot) spicier don’t be afraid to just whack in a good helping of dried chili flakes when you first start the process with the pork. Alternatively use some of this beautiful stuff, available online here http://www.mysecretkitchen.co.uk/products-passport/index.html to add a real southern American kick.
This weekend made me realise something quite alarming. I haven’t given myself the time recently to have a good session in the kitchen and more so, put anything on the blog. So I made sure I could make something nice for lunch on Saturday for me and the other half that I could share with you all. I have been rather preoccupied as of late due to getting a new job and having a lot of information and new things to process as I have moved to a totally different industry, so Ive been having to prioritise that as you can imagine. Although it is definitely a positive thing as I now work for Marston’s brewery and in all honesty it is a huge step for me as I can now say that I work in an industry I am passionate about. Kind of a dream job as it involves the food and drink industry, its a huge, huge move for me and opens up a whole world of knowledge to me. (Beer/ food combinations are a very interesting topic!)
So anyway back on topic, the good lady has been on at me for a while to make her something from the old blog that I always harp on about as being one of my favourite recipes, and I felt this weekend was quite fitting as on Monday I start a new fitness regime in preparation for our holiday in France. If your going to treat yourself to something you might as well go all out anyway right?
Goats cheese and balsamic onion puff pastry tart
What you’ll need
1/2 roll of shop bought puff pastry
100g goats cheese
1 red onion finely chopped
handful of rocket
small sprinkle of lemon juice
Chorizo jam and spring onion puff pastry tart
1/2 roll shop bought puff pastry
1 jar chorizo jam
3 finely chopped spring onions
handful grated mozzarella
- Unload the pastry out of the box and roll out flat. Leave out of the fridge for 2 minutes before use. Preheat your oven at 200 degrees. Put a little oil in a frying pan and on a medium heat, lightly fry down the onion until translucent and soft, add 1.5 tablespoons of balsamic, the lemon juice and a good helping of salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to the lowest heat and stir well. The onions will take on the balsamic and become dark and aromatic. Take off the heat and leave to rest.
- cut into two equal square parts and fold over around all edges to create a barrier and a bit of a wall around each tart.
- lightly prick with a fork in the middle/base of the tart and brush both down with the egg wash.
- Place in the oven for 5 minutes until the starts to rise. When this happens remove them from the oven and on the first one add a tablespoon of pesto, spread evenly over the pastry. Followed by the onions and a few big slices of goats cheese… On the second tart spread the chorizo jam (dont be shy with it!) around then add the cheese, followed by the spring onions.
- Place back in the oven for 20 minutes at 160 degrees or until golden/brown.
- Remove and serve with a big salad and dress the goats cheese tart with a few spring of rocket
As always a simple concept that makes for a really satisfying meal for you and the rest of the family… me and my fiance ate both on our own so be warned, if you have a family of four or more, double the volume. You will need it!
I will hopefully get round to doing that second part of the York article I promised this week so I will do my best to sort it out!
Have a great week everybody!